There are people who buy bikes and there are people who buy the Royal Enfields. The company may give its bikes different names but there’s one name that classifies every single RE bike. And that is Bullet. Bullet is a cult of all sorts and the company has not used the moniker for a long time despite the fact that it’s more popular than any of its bikes. But things are about to change as RE has revived the Bullet brand and have launched the Bullet 500.
Bullet 500 gets the same 500cc mill that powers the Classic and Thunderbird motorcycles but skips the Fuel Injection and instead gets a caburettor. The ditching of the FI gives the bike slightly lesser figures in terms of power and torque. The Bullet 500 gets a maximum power of 26.5PS @5,100 RPM and a peak torque of 40.9 Nm at 3,800 RPM. A point worth mentioning is that these power figures kick in at slightly lower RPMs as compared to the FE 500cc motors to even things out.
The Bullet 500 has its mill mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox. It gets an electric start as well as a kick start lever to avoid the starting up issues in cold weathers. It rides on a 19 incher up front which is coupled with an 18 inch wheel at the rear. The seating of the bike has been redesigned as well to make your ride comfortable and there’s a cushioned rear guard for the pilliom as well like the Thunderbird series.
The bike will be stopped by a 280mm disc in the front and a 153mm drum break at the rear. The bike has a fuel tank of 13.5 litres giving it a range of somewhere around 280-300 kilometres. It will be offered in Forest Green colour only to separate it from the rest and the Standard styling of the Bullet indeed has a lot of fans.
Prices have not been disclosed as of now but we expect it to be around Rs.10,000-15,000 cheaper than the Classic 500. Royal Enfiled Bullet 500 with UCE model has been priced at Rs. 1.54 Lakhs on-road Delhi. Initially it has been launched in Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi-NCR and Kerela and will gradually be made available across India.